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Motacilla flava flava

Motacilla flava flava
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-20
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-29 7:01
Viewed: 2763
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Motacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758. Male ‘M. f. flava’
Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava is a small passerine bird of the family Motacillidae. It is a slender, 15–16 cm long bird, with the long, constantly wagging tail characteristic of the genus Motacilla. The adult male in breeding plumage is olive above and yellow below. In other plumages, the yellow may be diluted by white. The heads of breeding males have a variety of colours and patterns depending on subspecies and races. It is an insectivorous bird which inhabits open country near water.
Motacilla flava breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia and has a small population in Alaska. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, such as western Europe, but northern and eastern populations migrate to Africa and south Asia.

In Cyprus three subspecies are common passage migrants: M. f. feldegg, flava and thunbergi. Another three subspecies are less common migrants: beema is occasional while lutea and cinereocapilla are very rare.
M. f. feldegg is also a local breeding summer visitor.
M. f “superciliaris” is a rather frequent intergrade between feldegg and flava and probably also between feldegg and bema.

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hello Christodoulos
super good sharpness composition
very good eye contact with the bird
super details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos my neighbor.

what a co-incidence, both of us posting today a bird picture.
your picture of Yellow Wagtail is marvelous in all sense. great clarity, composition and colour.
best wises,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-29 7:13]

Hello Christodoulos,
I'm wondering how you made it in such an exceptional quality, time after time. What a perfection and it is so beautiful! And it was hidden for us for more than four years! :-)
Enjoy the weekend,

Hello Christodoulos
Beautiful Motacilla in nice pose,wonderful composition,colours a and details.Thank You.
Have a nice weekend!
Best regards

Hello Christodoulos,
greeat capture of this bird with good sharpness and a nice background. I also like the beautiful colours and the splendid light.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-06-29 8:52]

Hi Christodoulos,
Another very nice photo in superb natural colours.
Good pose and composition with excellent details.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Christodoulos,
A terrific capture with such fine coloration, sharpness & pose. Very nicely composed & presented with a beautiful POV. Great work & TFS.
Regards & best wishes!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-29 8:57]

Hi Chris,it turn the head just for you and for your pic..ehehe...magnificent and elegant position for this common bird in my country too,no comment about the quality always at the top!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-06-29 9:03]


I love the way the bird's body is aligned with the branch. The light, the details, the colors, are all tops!

TFS and have a lovely weekend, Chrsitodoulo,


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2012-06-29 10:57]

hello Christodoulos,
Beautiful picture of this lovely bird. the colors and details are excellent.

Hello Christodoulos,
Another great image with a lovely species of birds. The details and colors are wonderful. Splendid contrast against the background. Impressive focus and razor sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

wow, your picutres are becoming more and more amazing, no other words needed, greetings Ori

Ciao Christodoulos.
Eccellente cattura di questa Motacilla,splendida nitidezza, con notevoli dettagli stupendi i colori molto bella complimenti.
Ti auguro un buon fine settimana ciao Marco

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-30 7:39]

Hello Christodoulos,
The sharp details are outstanding ! clarity as well ! Lovely light and complementary BG ! tfs Tina

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-30 11:52]

Hello Christodoulos,
As usual a fine and well ccomposed picture. Lovely parallelism between the bird an the branch. Perfect blurred background. The grey color is ideal as contrast. A beautiful bird too.
I wish you a nice Sunday
Kind regards

What a great shot of this beautiful bird. Outstanding sharpness and detail. Congratulations, bill

HI Christodoulos,
amazing photo. Perfect portrait. Nice colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Giasou Christodoule
Excellent posture with good eye contact.
Superb detail and exposure.
A lovely bird with nice features
regards yiannis

Ciao Christodoulos. Magnifcient compo. Brilliant colours and perfect details/sharp. Exciting light's results MF!


Hi Christodoulos,

The branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Yellow Wagtail. The afternoon light is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up shot of the Yellow Wagtail,
with fine POV and appropriate framing, beautiful light,
excellent focus, sharpness and details, TFS


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